McKay, Claude

About Claude McKay

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Rumens, Carol. "Poem of the Week". The Guardian, 20 Jan. 2020

Trotter, David. “Claude McKay’s Conjure Tale.” Critical Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 3, 2018



Stephenson, A.W. “An Interview with Claude McKay.” Jamaica Gleaner, 7 Oct. 1911 (on



Brown, Stephanie J. “Claude McKay, The Workers’ Dreadnought, and Collaborative Poetics.” Literature and History, vol. 28, no. 1, 2019

Kiser, Kelsey. “’How Come You Just Vanished Thataway Like a Spook?’: Global Surveillance in the Transatlantic Novels of Claude McKay.” College Language Association, vol. 61, no. 2, 2018

Bilbija, Marina. “Diaspora Doubtful: Illegible Diasporic Subjects in Claude McKay’s Banjo and Nadifa Mohamed’s Black Mamba Boy.” South Atlantic Review, vo. 82, vol. 4, 2017

Newman, Eric H. “Ephemeral Utopias: Queer Cruising, Literary Form, and Diasporic Imagination in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem and Banjo.” Callaloo, vol. 38, no. 1, 2015

Slate, Nico. “East Indian, West Indian: Colored Cosmopolitanism, World Literature, and the Dual Autobiography of Cedric Dover and Claude McKay.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 76, no. 3, 2015

Chase, Randolph. "Folk Protest in the Poetry of Derek Walcott, E. K. Braithwaite and Claude McKay." Kola, vol. 26, no. 1, 2014

Hunter, Walt. “Claude McKay’s Constabulary Aesthetics: The Social Poetics of the Jamaican Dialect Poems.” Modern Philology, vol. 111, no. 3, 2014

Reed, Anthony Wallace. “’A Woman is a Conjunction’: The Ends of Improvisation in Claude McKay’s Banjo: A Story without a Plot.” Callaloo, vol. 36, no. 3, 2013

Wipplinger, Jonathan. “Germany, 1923: Alain Locke, Claude McKay, and the New Negro in Germany.” Callaloo, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013

Prosmentier, Sonya. “The Provision Ground in New York: Claude McKay and the Form of Memory.” American Literature, vol. 84, no. 2, 2012

Holcomb, Gary Edward. Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance, 2009

Smethurst, James. “The Red is East: Claude McKay and the New Black Radicalism of the Twentieth Century.” American Literary History, vol. 21, no. 2, 2009

Rosenberg, Leah Reade. “The New Primitivism: Gender and Nation in MacKay’s Internationalism.” Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature, Rosenberg (ed.), 2007

Grosciak, Josh. The Shadowed Country: Claude McKay and the Romance of the Victorians, 2006

Ramesh, Kotti Sree, and Kandula Nirupa Rani. Claude McKay: The Literary Identity from Jamaica to Harlem and Beyond, 2006

Rosenberg, Leah. “Caribbean Models for Modernism in the Work of Claude McKay and Jean Rhys.” Modernism/modernity, vol. 11, no. 2, 2004

Schwarz, A. B. Christa. “Claude McKay: ‘Enfant Terrible of the Negro Renaissance’”. Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance, 2003

James, Winston. A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay’s Jamaica and his Poetry of Rebellion, 2000

Hathaway, Heather. Caribbean Waves: Relocating Claude McKay and Paule Marshall, 1999

Tillery, Tyrone. Claude McKay: A Black Poet’s Struggle for Identity, 1992



Autobiography/Life Writing

My Green Hills of Jamaica (1979)

With Cedric Dover: East Indian, West Indian (1951)

A Long Way from Home (1937)



Romance in Marseille (2020)

Amiable with Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem (2017)

Harlem Glory (1990)

Banana Bottom (1933)

Banjo: A Story Without a Plot (1929)

Home to Harlem (1928)


Short Story Collections

Gingertown (1932)


Poetry Collections

Complete Poems (2004)

Selected Poems of Claude McKay (1953)

Harlem Shadows (1922)

Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems (1920)

Constab Ballads (1912)

Songs of Jamaica (1912)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Trial by Lynching: Stories about Negro Life in North America (1977)

Harlem, Negro Metropolis (1940)